Hocus Pocus is one of the movies that scared me when I was little (but in an “I’m scared but fascinated” kind of way) and now I watch and wonder why (like Beetlejuice or Sleeping Beauty). This movie is so campy the actors are practically winking into the camera, but I love it and in my family it’s a Halloween tradition.

It starts off with the legend of the three Sanderson sisters, Winnie (Bette Midler, having sooo much fun), Mary (Kathy Najimy) and Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker), a group of witches whose goal is to suck the life out of children (apparently are quite tasty) and live forever. A monkey wrench is thrown into their plans when they are hung for witchcraft by the family of a boy they turned into a black cat (voiced by Jason Marsden), but Winnie’s evil spellbook reveals a prophecy that they will return to life when a virgin lights a certain candle…and, well, you can see where this is going.

Jump 300 hundred years into the future and a certain teenage virgin, Max (Omri Katz) lights the candle to impress a girl (Vinessa Shaw) and scare his little sister, Dani (Thora Birch). The witches appear and resume their evil plans while Max and his posse try to stop them.

Historical inaccuracies aside, it is so much fun to watch the three witches bumble through the 20th century (i.e. paved roads, sprinkler systems, daylight savings time). Bette (of course) gets her own glitzy musical number when she puts a dancing spell on all of the grownups while Sarah and Mary sing backup. (Having two sisters myself, we quote this movie all of the time.) Doug Jones (he of Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy awesomeness) puts in an appearance as a zombie who was once Winnie’s boyfriend, but got all deadified for “sporting” with sister Sarah.

So, not great cinema per se, but a lot of fun (and maybe a scare or two) that the whole family can enjoy.

Disney Villains Varnish Forever Young (from the 2012 Villains Designer Collection) is a deep maroon creme (although it’s kind of sheer, like a jelly) that looks very vampy. This is actually Mother Gothel’s (from Tangled) polish, and since she’s a witch and the Sanderson Sisters are witches and they all want to be eternally young, I figured this one worked on several levels. This picture is 2 coats (I should have done 3 to get rid of the bald spots) and a topcoat. Application was really good and although this wasn’t my favorite from the collection, it definitely captures that witchy look I was going for. ~K

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